Dusit Thani bites the dust

9 03 2017


A Bangkok landmark, the modernist Dusit Thai flagship hotel in Silom, will be demolished next year according to an announcement earlier this week.

Drifting Classroom

14 01 2017

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My boyfriend recently turned me on to “The Drifting Classroom” after it was referenced, tongue-in-cheek, in an tabloid news report on a school food poisoning case. The classic 1970s Japanese horror comic tells the story of a school mysteriously transported to another dimension, pitching students, teachers and caretakers into a Lord of the Flies-like battle for survival in the face of plague outbreaks and other horrors. It is pulpy, violent … and I’m loving it.


Form/ function

4 01 2017


The brightly tiled lower walls of a traditional Aussie pub are not only attractive to look at, but easily hosed down – after being thrown up on!

Old-fashioned with a twist

4 01 2017

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Tucked away in the leafy well-t0-do suburb of Canterbury, and little-visited by outsiders, is the determinedly quaint Maling Road. This well-preserved stretch of early Victorian shophouses culminates in a cafe in the old post office and, around the corner, one of Melbourne’s most glorious surprises: the Egyptian revival Freemason’s hall.



5 12 2016


Low-key weekend

4 12 2016


It was a low-key weekend this week, dinner with a friend on the backstreets of Wanchai around Stone Nullah Lane, work on Saturday, and then a film at the French Festival (Planetarium, pretty but pointless) in the gloriously 1960s City Hall Theatre. This was accompanied by dinner at Mak Mak with a delicious dessert of rice balls in warm salted coconut milk – yum!


Sunday was hazily white, with clear Winter sunshine streaming over the Lamma strait, and we lounged on the couch watching Project Runway, with homemade oatmeal with Earl Grey soy milk and avocado, plans for a hike unfulfilled. Sometimes you just have to take it easy 😉


Below: the preternaturally pretty Lily Rose Depp, who starred in Planetarium:

Cha chaan teng

28 11 2016

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